Archive of ‘stay beautiful’ category

the “new” makeup brush

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i love to get lost on Instagram. clicking random IGers pages, finding random products, stumbling across new music… I LOVE IT! a few months ago, I came across an interesting makeup brush collection by ARTIS.

the evolution of the makeup brush is how I would describe the ARTIS collection. a long curved handle that allows for an easier self application.

3 reasons I am OBSESSED with ARTIS: 

• the linear 1 brush is very narrow, making my brow application flawless

• the cosmefibre technology makes makeup blending easy as pie

• the curved handle on each brush fits perfectly in my hand for better control

 

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great for contouring… but, I’m still trying to perfect that craft

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contouring 101

 

one makeup technique that I have to learn and master before the summer is out is contouring. For the most part applying makeup comes naturally, but for some reason, my inner drag queen skills will not reveal themselves when it comes to contouring. So, enough clown face, and an overly contoured forehead. I’m now seeking the help of well known NYC based makeup artist, Tedrick Lamar.

 

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• so what’s his key to success you wonder? •

first, understand the different types of contouring, and what works for you. day time vs. night time makeup application. also, understanding the product you should use depending on your skin type. And remember, it’s easier to add than subtract. so, start small.

 

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small contour brush & angled brush is needed

• how do I know what shades of foundation/concealer to use? •

use 2 shades of foundation. one a shade lighter, for highlighting, and the other for contouring, 3 -4 shades darker.

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contouring Kit… my new best friend.

• But really, is contouring even for me? •

anyone can contour. the key is knowing your face shape. everyone has different needs, and understanding  your needs will make the process easier. before you start, use your fingers to feel for the hollow areas of your face, don’t be shy, get to know your bone structure.

 

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Kevyn Aucoin: Making Faces Book

 

 

• what about the beauty blender, it’s my favorite makeup applying tool? •

I love the beauty blender, it’s the easiest and best tool to use. I can paint an entire face with just the beauty blender if I wanted to.

 

contouring for beginners can be a little stressful, but practice is always the key. after a contouring workshop with tedrick, I feel confident as well as educated. below are 3 tricks I learned:

• beauty blenders are a gift from God (my next project will be learning more about the founders)

• start with small amounts of makeup and work your way to heavier amounts

• get to know your face, and know what works best for you

• practice makes perfect

 

 

“I’z married now!” #fswedding

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francie & sandy– the beautiful brides

 

love is a beautiful thing. it’s a feeling that completely takes over my life. I love strong, and believe everyone has a soulmate, and will one day find their better half. So, in the name of LOVE, I joined Francie and Sandy in Dominican Republic to celebrate their union.

to keep it sweet & short… everything was amazing. the casa coloniel hotel was absolutely beautiful, with the most gracious employees, and delicious food. I just can’t get enough of this place.

what I loved most about this wedding weekend:

the all white attire for wedding guests

brugal

the pool

casa coloniel hotel staff

the guests who attended the wedding

 

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selfie stick fun before the wedding

 

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all white wedding… thanks club monaco!

 

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kattia & michael… paloma’s cool parents

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faye & frank… getting close!! (doesn’t frank look like a dominican ghost, from POWER?)

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addy & eric… the dance crew!

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francie & sandy… the newlyweds

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deb & alice… the turn up crew

 

dinner time:

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literally an ALL white wedding!

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dream catcher seating assignment

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turn up time:

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their 1st dance!

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dance party… Latin style!

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brugal shots

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the dance crew, dancing the night away

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late night bonfire

 

a funny story:

the day of the wedding, I had this hiccup in my flight arrangement. So instead of arriving to DR around 11am, I arrived at 4pm, 1 hour before the wedding. Needless to say I was running on fumes. cocktail after cocktail, shots of brugal, on top of dancing for hours in 85 degree weather had a sister bent. but, I wanted to take pictures of the wedding, and my phone was dying. so, I went to my hotel room to charge my phone for a little while. next thing I know, I wake up to my friends banging on the door because they thought I ran off with a Dominican Man… lmao, WTF? don’t they know bear would kill me.

for more images of francie and sandy’s wedidng, check out #fswedding

oh yeah… i celebrated a birthday.

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birthday cards from my loving friends & family

 

birthday’s have always been special to me. I remember growing up, and having parties. the entire family would come to my house, everyone would sing the “happy birthday” song and I would make a wish and blow out the candles. my parents would give me great gifts, and my siblings and cousins would hug me all day. It was always a great time. I’ve always looked forward to april 3rd, and 31 years later… ain’t shit changed!!

 

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i seriously have the greatest friends… they came from all over the country to celebrate with me. One even surprised me!

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is it spring, or nah?

 

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spring is coming slowly, but surely. today, I brought the legs out because I’m tired of being dazed and confused by this weather.

still a little hungover from my birthday weekend, so please excuse the ponytail. deets and pictures from my birthday celebration are coming up! stay tuned.

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fact: I wear fringe in some way or fashion minimum, twice a week.

 

 

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obsessed with this ear cuff. thank you PATRICIA!

 

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but wait… let me fix my hair.

 

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sweatshirt and fringe dress: h&m

shoes: vince

purse: c. wonder

 

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one of the most comfortable pair of heels I own.

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I don’t care what the temperature is, I’m dressing for spring… starting today. have a great week everyone!

xoxo… to the weekEND

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Another one bites the dust… CONGRATS future Mrs. Penny on  your upcoming wedding!

 

 I rarely hang out in the city, let alone the Meatpacking District but here are a few tips to get you through the night:

  • PRE- GAME. PRE- GAME. PRE-GAME. drinks in the city are expensive for no reason.
  • DO NOT cross the rope before a bouncer grants you access. Seriously, you’ll be escorted off the premises.
  • BOTTLE SERVICE or NOTHING. It’s annoying being “General Admission” at the club. If you’re celebrating something special, cough up those extra coins and relax.
  • DON’T BE THE ANGRY BITCH. Listen, this is New York, it’s ALWAYS crowded. No need to get all defensive and rude because someone bumps into you or touches you. Leave New York if you don’t like people or can’t stand being touched by a random person. That’s life in this city.
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cheek bones on point.

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winter white?

 

There is just something about white nail polish that makes me so happy. It’s been my signature nail polish color since high school. I could be tanning in Barbados, or stomping through 12 inches of snow in Brooklyn, either way I’ll still have a fresh white mani/pedi. But after over hearing two “acrylic nail” wearing girls make negative comments about wearing white lacquer made me think… is it time for me to tone it down or at least try something different? I didn’t mind their judgement, but after 10+ years, I do think I need a “little” change. So, yes, change is coming… but, NOT TODAY SATAN. For now, check out my favorite white lacquers, and brands!

 

my all time FAVORITE... OPI: alpine snow

my all time FAVORITE…
OPI: alpine snow

 

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butter LONDON: cotton buds

 

essie: find me an oasis

white with a touch of blue… essie: find me an oasis

 

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my newest obsession… rbg: jennifer fisher x rgb, taken

 

If you have any white lacquers that you love, please let me know. I’ll even take a few recommendations for nude lacquers. Baby steps.

winter beauty essentials

beauty essentials

 

Winter has officially arrived, and while you’re buying new winter coats and hats, don’t forget to purchase new beauty essentials as well. The winter weather will surely do a number on your skin, and hair. But, here are my favorite products to fight the winter weather. Also, I added a few essentials that I am OBSESSED with, and use year round.

 

The Progressive Peel by Beauty RX

About 6 months ago, I was introduced to the PEEL BAR. It’s a glycolic peel, that literally takes 10 minutes. Immediately after the service, you will notice glowing, smoother skin, and there is no redness or irritation afterwards. After completing the service, you must purchase The Progressive Peel. It’s an at home glycolic system that maintains the glow, in between peels. It’s a 3 step process, that lasts 6 weeks, including a nightly serum, exfoliating pads, and exfoliating cream.

 

Fresh- Hesperides Grapefruit, Eau De Parfum

This product is one of my year round essentials that I swear by, especially during the winter months. FRESH Parfum, is super light and lasts all day. For me, I wear a lighter fragrance during the winter months for several reasons. The #1 reason, is the close contact with New Yorkers on the train. My morning commute is crazy. Sometimes I’m standing face to face with another commuter, and the last thing I want to think about or smell is their overpowering perfume or cologne. So, I guess you could say, I’m being considerate of my fellow Rush Hour Commuters by wearing a light frangrance perfume.

 

ALOHA- The Foundation Supplements

I swear, I try to be healthy, but let’s be real. It is HARD to focus in New York City. Everyday there’s a new restaurant opening, a donut being shoved down your throat, or a co worker making you rice and beans with curry chicken. But, ALOHA, The Foundation pouch of nutrients is the perfect boost. These 5 supplements will increase energy, enhance focus, and improve your skin.

 

Burt’s Bees

The best lip balm…. EVER. The End.

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the Ferguson’s

 

SOLANGE.

This is a QUEEN.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Ferguson

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Ferguson

 

Solange Knowles married her 51 year old beau, Alan Ferguson today. And everything about the pea sized amount of love they allowed the public to witness was BEAUTIFUL! Solange looked nothing short of a QUEEN standing alongside her KING.

 

 

seriously?? those bikes!! love.

seriously?? those bikes!! love.

 

really? this bike!! LOVE.

her FRO… his BEARD!!

 

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Beyoncé have a seat… on that dirty floor

And PLEASE… don’t forget the Mother of the bride… 60 years old WHAT? Matthew Knowles WHO? Nothing but life from TINA KNOWLES.

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